MANILA, Philppines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The long-awaited news is here. The Philippines Daily Inquirer (PDI) has released its choice for the 2019 Filipino of the Year.
However, PDI decided to rename the annual award to more accurately reflect the gender of its honoree.
PDI has named Vice President Leni Robredo as the 2019 Other Woman of the Year.
Earlier, PDI editors voted to give the Woman of the Year award to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa who respectfully declined the honor because she says it is a “step-down” from her collection of international awards, including several she had received from TIME magazine.
So instead, PDI decided to give the award to their first runner-up, Robredo. Hence the title, “Other Woman of the Year.”
MANILA, Philipppines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It’s that time of year when the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) names its ‘Filipino of the Year.’ But there are reports that the newspaper outfit is finding it difficult to name someone to this annual fete. And it’s not for lack of trying.
Previously, Pinoy Ako Blog’s Jover Laurio was PDI’s choice for the honor, but it was met with widespread criticism among many Filipinos, especially the netizens.
Reliable sources have told The Adobo Chronicles that although PDI has decided on a short list of 2019 honorees, none of them have agreed to being named “Filipino of the Year.”
We spoke to one of the people on PDI’s short list, someone we think is truly deserving of the honor. No it wasn’t Maria Ressa.
This person, who asked not be named publicly, said he would feel insulted if named “Filipino of the Year” because of the award’s predecessor, Laurio.
”I do not want to be put on the same level or the same category as Laurio. Her being named previously was not only undeserving but it cheapened the annual PDI award. So I had to decline,” he said
Can’t blame him.